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The Roots are just as sick as we are of hearing about how they're a hip-hop anomaly. Yeah, they're a "live rap band" that plays its own instruments. But they're also one of music's most original, organic groups. Phrenology, from 2002, ranks as one of the decade's best CDs, no matter what label is slapped on it. Their new album, Game Theory, is due later this month. It's their first on the venerable Def Jam label. Word is, it's a tougher, more political work than the last couple records.
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